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Experience:  UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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My 6 year old german shepherd seems very sad and staying alone.

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My 6 year old german shepherd seems very sad and staying alone. She refuses to play or even associate with the other german shepherd with whom she plays all day. This has gone on for two days now. What do you think. She eats well with some encouragement.
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern for Josie.
As you can imagine, a very difficult question to answer accurately. I will assume that Josie is normally very active.
My first thought could be possible gastrointestinal problems, but if eating fine, that is unlikely. Next, I suspect underlying pain issues. This is definitely still a consideration. There could have been a soft tissue injury that occurred, hip pain, etc...that resulted from an unknown injury.

My opinion?
Definitely, this is well worth veterinary evaluation. I would encourage both a basic blood and urine test.
Even a urinary tract infection, especially with her being a female, could easily cause subtle symptoms like this.

A canine basic blood test and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations.

What can tests tell you:
Chemistry Panel
CBC (complete blood count)
Urinalysis

I think that is where I would start since the two basic tests tell so much about overall health.
Very sorry to hear Josie is not feeling well. Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
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Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Josie. How is everything going?

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